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Florida Woman Charged With Manslaughter Following Drug, Fentanyl Overdose Death Investigation

The Largo Police Department has seen a recent increase in illegal drug calls involving overdose and/or death, specifically Fentanyl related.

LARGO, Fla. – The Largo Police Department has seen a recent increase in illegal drug calls involving overdose and death, specifically Fentanyl related.

This dangerous drug trend is growing at an alarming rate, and we caution everybody against purchasing any form of illegal street drugs as many are being mixed with multiple substances that can cause drug toxicity.

From January 2022 to present, there have been 119 total reports involving drug overdoses and 23 total reports involving apparent drug-related deaths.

On May 28, 2021, Largo Police patrol officers responded to a private residence in reference to a confirmed death involving a drug overdose. On scene, officers located a 33-year-old male deceased in his bedroom. Illegal narcotics and paraphernalia were also located and collected at that time.

During the ensuing investigation, evidence was located that revealed the name of the “drug dealer” who sold the illegal narcotics to the victim. She was identified as 46-year-old Lisa Bulena.

Detectives assigned to the case continued the lengthy investigation and on June 20, 2022 were able to obtain probable cause to arrest Bulena for her role in the death of the victim.

Bulena is currently facing a charge of Manslaughter.

Florida Law Chapter 893 makes it unlawful to “sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver, a controlled substance”.

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Florida Law Chapter 782 speaks to the death of another human, “which resulted from the unlawful distribution by a person 18 years of age or older of any of the following substances, or mixture containing any of the following substances, when such substance or mixture is proven to be the proximate cause of the death of the user”.

As a result of the death of another by these means, the person who distributed, delivered, or sold substances found in this statute can be held responsible and charged with homicide.

Police said that no additional case information will be released at this time as it currently going through the court process.

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